Spotify Vs Apple Music

Saturday, April 25, 2020
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How do you listen to your music?

For music lovers, deciding on where to listen to your music can be a big decision. Once upon a time, most people would walk into a record shop, have a listen to some tracks, and leave with a physical copy of the music. Now these people are in the minority as most music consumption has moved online, to the cloud.

This article will compare two of the biggest music platforms, Apple Music and Spotify. They both have a unique offering that will each appeal to a slightly different listener. To find out which service is best suited to your needs, read on below.

Spotify vs Apple Music

Both Apple Music and Spotify have a considerable share of the online music streaming market. They both offer more than 50 million songs at a high quality, for a relatively low price. But what sets them apart from each other?

Price

Each service allows a customer a three month trial period of their premium services, for free. This would usually cost £9.99 a month, unless you are a student, which is £4.99, or on a family plan which is £14.99.


For those that don’t want to pay that much every month, only Spotify offers a free service. This is supported by advertising revenue, which means you will have to listen to an ad sometimes before your next track will play. There are some other drawbacks to the free version, mainly that there is a limited amount of tracks you can skip each hour, some albums will only play in shuffle mode, and you must listen with an internet connection. Nevertheless, for a free service, you can still have access to a great amount of music.

Music Quality

This section refers to the actual quality of the sound you receive. Spotify will give you the option of what bit rate you’d like to stream at, all the way to 320kbps. On desktop, this becomes 160kbps or 320kbps for people with premium. For Apple Music users, AAC files are streamed at 256 kbps.

Music and Track Library

Both streaming services have a huge amount of music to listen to, more than 50 million. Apple music tends to have more exclusive access to particular tracks, so make sure to double check if there are any particular artists you know you want to listen to.

Apple music also does well by integrating with your iTunes library if you have one. This means that any music that is stored on your iTunes, will be loaded into your Apple Music library, meaning you can have access to that anywhere.

Finding New Music

Both services have so many tracks in their library, it would take more than a lifetime to listen to them all. Because of this, it can be quite an intimidating situation when trying to find new artists. One of the great aspects of this new form of music consumption is the advancements technology has brought in recommending music.

Spotify does a great job of finding new music based on your current tastes. Each week you’ll be provided a discover playlist with recommendations. There are also multiple curated playlists and genres for people to play and be introduced to new  music.

Apple music isn’t as sophisticated as Spotify, you’ll be asked some questions on your favourite artists and the service will recommend artists based on this. Apple Music does a great job of this.

Ease of Use and Experience

Initially, Apple Music didn’t have the characteristic Apple minimalist-chic that usually comes with its services. But with time, updates have made it much less cumbersome. As you might expect, Apple Music works best on iOS, although there are Android options available as well. Comparatively, Spotify doesn’t favour one device over another. It’s usability and clean aesthetic is easy to navigate and use intuitively.

Both Spotify and Apple Music are compatible with third party integrations, such as Amazon’s Echo. The Google Cast will work with Spotify as well.

Both Apple Music and Spotify have a great range of tracks and products on offer for listeners. In terms of price, Spotify’s free service is the cheapest option you can get. However, if there are more factors than cost in your decision, the choice gets a bit more difficult. Make sure to check your favourite platforms are available on each of the platforms and that they are compatible with the device you’ll be using. While Spotify and Apply Music aren’t the only choices for music streaming, they are two of the most popular, and should be able to satisfy most people’s needs.